my week away

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There has been a distinctive absence as of late by me writing and keeping you up to date on here, but as you may recall, I have been away on a little jolly with three of my friends.

We have been to the French Alps, where one of my friends has a Chalet, similar to this.

Chalet

It’s in a beautiful small town called Chatel, in the Portes du Soleil region, and very close to the Swiss border.

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Chatel

We had a very relaxing week, spending good quality time together as only girls can do. Our days were filled  with brisk walks, knitting/crochet time, good food and wine, and all that in the most stunning and awe-inspiring mountain scenery that surrounded us.

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Walk

We must have been good girls, as the weather gods were kind to us the whole time we were there. Blue skies greeted us every day, and most days we did not need to wear our warm insulated clothes when sitting outside enjoying a coffee or long leisurely lunches.

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Inspired by all this beauty around me, I felt so uplifted that I managed to be quite productive during the week, making a few decorative things for the Chalet…

Doilies


Doilies

Garland


A Garland

…and starting a Hexagon project, more in another post later this year.

Hexagons


Hexagon Project

As always, when having fun, the week flew by, and before we knew it we were back in the UK. Normal life has resumed and I had better get my act together and start working on projects for my up-coming workshops in Germany (details in the side bar).

What have you been up to?

Are you enjoying lovely sunshine where you are?

Enjoy! x

 

walking snowdonia

dear diary,

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Last Friday ‘my man’ and I decided to get out there and do some hill walking. We hadn’t really been all year, all we had done was talk about it…! The weather forecast was favourable, boots, rucksacks, walking sticks, map etc. were packed and sandwiches made, and ‘my man’ had worked out the route.

Colours

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The alarm went off early on Saturday morning, but clearly not early enough, as when we got up to Pen-y-Pass car park too many others had the same idea and there were no spaces left. After a quick re-think by ‘my man’, who knows Snowdonia like the back of his hand, a U-turn was made and a new route decided upon.

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Our walk took us around Llyn Idwal (middle name of ‘my man’), up past Idwal slabs and Devil’s Kitchen. We decided not to climb all the way up to Y Garn as we hadn’t done any serious hill stuff all year and this was supposed to be fun not agony. Not sure if any of you lovely ‘peeps’ have ever been to Snowdonia National Park? Let me tell you that the air is clean and crisp, the streams and lakes crystal clear and the scenery stunningly breathtaking.

We felt happy and invigorated by the time we got back to the car and ready to tackle a new week. We even found something resembling ‘Middle Earth’…

Middle Earth

Next stop for these boots…

Boots

…climbing Snowdon. xx

blue is the word

dear diary,

The weekend started with a long planned trip to Colinette Yarns in Llanfair Caereinion with some good friends who, like me, are just a little obsessed with colour and yarn. We shared some good laughs and stories on the way driving through some beautiful countryside in equally beautiful weather. On arrival at Colinette we were greeted warmly and made very welcome with offerings of tea, coffee and homemade chocolate cake which we sampled whilst browsing through the latest design books and then the real fun began…

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colinette – blankets

…we found an amazing cocktail of colours and textures, don’t you just want to take large gulp’s of all this deliciousness?

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colinette giotto

I was a very good girl and only purchased 3 hanks of Lasso. You can guess the colour…

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colinette lasso – colourway blue parrot

…and staying with the colour blue: On Sunday we spent a lovely day on Anglesey. This island is about an hour’s drive from home and we managed to get there before the bank holiday masses decended onto the roads. The sun was shining and the sky and sea were a beautiful crisp blue.

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coastal path near llanbadrig

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moelfre bay

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lobster pods

We took a great walk along parts of the Welsh coastal path and finished off with a delicious meal at one of our favourite restaurants in Beaumaris, The Gazelle Hotel & Restaurant. We ate fish caught that morning in the Menai straight whilst enjoying vistas across the water to the Snowden range of mountains. Total bliss!!!

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view from the gazelle hotel

What better way to finish on the weekends blue theme than by starting work on a new design using my freshly purchased Colinette yarn. A tunic in asymetrical style inspired by something I saw in one of the discontinued brochures at Colinette.

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afon – asymetrical tunic design notes

Off to wind my yarn and start knitting, I’ll keep you posted on progress. x

 

 

 

 

 

My quilting adventures (Block one)

dear diary,

Ever since the day when ‘my man’ gave me a beautiful book on making Welsh Quilts have I wanted to learn how to. Living in Wales and loving history as much as I do, I feel it is absolutely essential that I make one of these traditional patterned quilts for our home here in the beautiful Welsh mountains. As always, time is an issue, but when my dear friend Jackie mentioned about a course on learning how to quilt spread over a period of almost a year, I thought it’s now or never. My quilting adventure started yesterday.

Quilt Book

gift from ‘my man’

I arrived at Liberty Bell in Chester and was greeted by the lovely Sue, owner of this Aladdin’s cave of fabric and notions heaven, and quilting expert.

She showed me to my place and I found this…

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my fabric bundle

…which when I unrolled it looked like this…

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fabric spread out

Sue then showed me what I was going to make…

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first block

…really??? I was beginning to panic. Faced with so much fabric, a cutting mat and rotary blade, all measurements in inches (as you know we don’t do inches in mainland Europe), terminology like ‘walking foot’ and applique…my head was spinning.

There was really no need as Sue is an incredibly patient and kind teacher and soon I was cutting, pressing, stitching and taking endless notes.

Before long I had managed to make this…

Squares

squares

…which soon turned into these lovely pinwheels…

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pinwheels

…and eventually turned into the bottom strip of my block.

Bottom Strip

bottom strip

I was best pleased with how much sewing I managed to do and on top of that I cut out all my applique bits and started on putting them together.

This course has six sessions making nine blocks to produce an stunning quilt the size to fit a single bed. This is what it will eventually look like, just different colours.

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the finished quilt – eventually

I am a long way from my dream of making a Welsh Quilt, but I feel that this dream has potential of becoming reality one day in the not too distant future. 🙂

 

Africa in pictures (part 1)

dear diary,

Finally, the day to set off on our African adventures had arrived. Flying from London to Cape Town we arrived tired but excited that we had made it after dreaming about it for a while.

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Arriving Cape Town

Cape Town…wow…what a city!!!

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Table Mountain from Waterfront

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African Dancers

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City Bowl

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Victoria stands Guard

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Stone Sculpture

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Zulu bead work

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The Muslim Quarter

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Sea Creatures

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Sunset at sea

We had a great first day, Christmas eve with a difference!

…to be continued…